Now entering its ninth year, High School Inc. is a progressive and innovative non-profit becoming a catalyst for social and economic change. Through our college and career readiness programs, students are graduating at a higher rate than ever and are equipped for both a 21st century workplace and college success. Businesses are engaged with an emerging workforce and communities are being strengthened through job growth and a greater sense of pride in the future.

High School Inc.'s Formation

Through a unique collaboration between the High School Inc. Foundation 501(c)(3), the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, and the Santa Ana Unified School District, High School Inc.'s mission is to empower youth and strengthen communities through education and business partnerships.

High School Inc. is housed on the campus of a public school (Valley High School) in southwest Santa Ana; and there are approximately 1,500 Students enrolled in High School Inc. during a typical school year. Our model has proven so sucessful that in the 2018/2019 school year Valley HS will be rolling out our programs accross the entier campus to support 2,300 students each year.  

Student Achievment Highlights 

1) Students who complete at least (2) years with High School Inc. had an average 5.8% higher graduation rate than Non-High School Inc. students in the same category for the Class of 2014 and Class of 2015.

2) (Sub 3.0 GPA) High School Inc. (2) year completers had an average 12.2% higher grad rate than (Sub 3.0 GPA) Non-High School Inc. students in the same category for Class of 2014 and Class of 2015.

3) 19 unique certifications are offered through the High School Inc. program. Awarded throughout all academies, these certifications range from CPR and First Aid to Microsoft Office and Accounting. We are also home to the very first NATEF certified high school automotive program in Orange County and are still one of very few to hold the certification in any high school. 

An Emerging National Model

High School Inc. has the potential to become a national model, to bridge skills gaps and language barriers — and bringing balance to social equity and economic values. Teachers and successful business professionals work side-by-side in the classroom to equip students for jobs, entrepreneurial start-ups, college and university - all leading to sustainable employment in growth industries.

Students attend core academic classes and also receive hands-on, real world training through one of six High School Inc. academy classes. Within this model we also have supported SLC's (small learning communities) which tie together the hand-on and academic pieces of learning to keep all students engaged throughout the day.